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One Minute on Earth

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Marriages, moves, packages, and heartbeats: a lot can happen in a single minute on Earth.

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Soviet-era art may best be memorialized in the unfortunate form of propaganda posters, but a more pleasant take on Cold War creativity can be found in Russian illustrations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit—quite a contrast to the author’s own designs of what his fantasy world looked like. Maurice Sendak’s attempt to illustrate The Hobbit was more short-lived.

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Drones have plenty of more controversial uses, but there’s no arguing the value of technology that allows us to witness the sight of a volcanic eruption from an up-close, bird’s-eye view.

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Some jellybean combinations come together naturally, but others—French vanilla and kiwi, chocolate pudding and chili mango—might take a gustatory leap of faith.

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For some dogs, there is such a thing as love at first sniff.

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The record-breaking, all-star group selfie Ellen DeGeneres posted live from the 2014 Academy Awards has gone viral all around the world – even in the politically tense streets of Turkey, where a group of protestors recreated the iconic shot in the back of a police van.

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With the right guidance, every cut of chicken is potentially delicious.

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What’s cuter than a tiny penguin? A tiny penguin in a sweater.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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